Some of My Favorites: Five Most Unexpected Moments of Anime!

Unexpected moments in anime can be rather rare, but when they happen, they leave an impact.

In recent years, people have learned how stories work. We call out who wins the battle, who’s bound to die, and when the big climactic betrayal happens!  It’s been put down to a science, “tropes” that are commonly seen in a story, that can be predicted, character types, plot twists, and big revelations that aren’t exactly surprising.  Because of how many stories we’ve experienced, many of us have become rather adept at predicting the coming events, making a good surprise in an anime a very unique treat.

These unexpected moments challenge what we think we know of a genre, and can come from many places.  They take our ideas of romance, of shounen, of drama, and flip them on their head.  And of course, for different people, they vary.  That being said, I remember five distinct moments in anime that really surprised me, personally, and I’m certain that they surprised others as well.

I don’t think it needs to be said, but beware: spoilers ahead!

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My Top Ten Stories of All Time! 10-8

Stories impact people.

Stories are those things which are considered timeless, a series of events which some people consider important enough to keep on telling.  They engage us, suck us into the lives of characters that aren’t even real, and teach us lessons that transcend the ordinary, and yet find real, true application.  Stories are universal, experiences that bind us all together, and man, they’re freaking GREAT to experience.

Heyo, Aaron here, and as a bit of a celebration for the 100 post milestone, I’ll be sharing my Top Ten favorite Stories of all time.  From anime, to manga, to western animations and video games, these narratives have been the most powerful, meaningful, and just straight up interesting stories that I’ve ever experienced.  It’s a very personal list, not judged by the explicit “narrative quality” of the series, but rather, simply how meaningful they are to me.

That being said, let’s get it started.

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My Top 5 Most Overrated Anime

Oh dang.  We gonna get some people mad~

Or.  Well.  If you agree with me on some of them, then I mean.  Awesome.

It’s no secret that some anime are more popular, or more critically acclaimed than others.  There’s going to be some anime that challenge conventions and revolutionize the genre, just like there’s some that just…aren’t very good.  However, choosing which anime go on each side of the spectrum is often a matter of opinion.  Some of the best anime of all time might be thought of to some people as overly complicated and unentertaining, while some terrible, low-budget anime can be lauded as someone’s favorite anime, and that’s fine.  What is strange, and often raises debate, is when a large amount of people disagree on where to place an anime, andwhen many disagree on whether or not an anime isgreat, good, or just bad.

I’d like to talk about my personal ideas on what 5 anime are terribly overrated.  Simply put, these anime are lauded by many as great, as favorites, as legitimately amazing stories, when I personally believe differently.  Again, this will all be opinion, but I do believe my arguments hold some weight, as to the value of these anime.  I won’t talk about simply how bad an anime is; the whole point is that these anime, in my eyes, seem to be perceived as much better than they actually are, even if they do have factors that deserve praise.  With all the talk of definitions and specifics out of the way, let’s get started with the list!

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Some of My Favorites: Five Great Anime Antagonists

In any anime, any genre, a good antagonist almost always steals the show.

Although not always, they often provide the driving force, and are a huge part of what make the anime something notable.  As great as a protagonist may be, part of that greatness is certainly derived, from the extent to which the antagonists push them to their limits.  Through the villain, the story is pushed to higher stakes, the plot becomes something worth being invested in, and our interest as watchers increases.  And, honestly, there’s quite a lot of villains that meet these criteria- lots of them are done really, really, really well.

That being said, I’d like to talk about some of my personal favorite villains that fit the bill- the five villains that, in my book, encompass what villains in any anime should be.

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Sin, the Book of Genesis, and Playing God: a Death Note Analysis!


WARNING: Religious topics, particularly those discussed in the book of Genesis, will be used in this analysis.  If that’s not your cup of tea, skip the post and move on!

What would YOU do, if you had a book that would kill anyone whose name was written in it?  This is the dilemma presented to one Light Yagami, who chooses then, to become “Kira,” God of the new world.

Death Note has earned a huge following since its release all the way back in 2006, and for good reason.  Providing a very, very unique concept that enthralled the minds of many, the idea of owning a “Death Note,” the series has become an anime legend.  In the series, this concept was supplemented by massive amounts of symbolism, adding huge amounts of depth to the series that made it extremely memorable.  That being said, I would like to take a quick look at just one of many aspects of the symbolism that can be seen in the series- sin, and how Light’s eventual downfall reflects the Fall of Man.

Despite being based at least partially on research and analysis, this is very much an opinion on how Death Note uses religious concepts, so if you do wish to continue reading, you can take whatever opinions I throw out with a grain of salt.  There are many, many ways in which to interpret Death Note, but what’s for certain is that there is certainly meaning to find here.  And of course, it might go without saying, but spoiler alert.  Without further ado, let’s get into the intricacies that Death Note has to offer us!

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Reading Between Reviews: Death Note!

One of the most well-known, notorious anime out there, Death Note has certainly made a name for itself.  Between its manga run, anime adaptation, spin-off movies, video games, TV drama, and even a MUSICAL, Death Note is getting a lot of milage, even in 2016, a decade after the release of the anime.  Does Death Note deserve this attention?  In my opinion, certainly.

Confronting the moral questions that come with the power to kill anyone in the world, Death Note put forth a rarely seen story at the time, putting us into the shoes of a brilliant main character that was blatantly the “bad guy,” as well as having intense conflict without a need for explicit violence.  Death Note is very unique, and stands out in many ways, thanks to its stand-out premise, characters, and themes.  However, all this being said, it has its flaws.

Today, I’ll be going through the anime adaptation of Death Note, looking at everything it has to offer, and offering my opinion on it.  There will be NO SPOILERS in this review, so if you want to enter it blind, don’t worry about a thing.  Regardless of my personal opinion, it is an iconic story, and worth checking out on that alone.  That being said, let’s get into it!

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